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Palate fatigue? No. General fatigue? Sorta.
- Travelled to the Okanagan Valley and tasted approximately 400 wines
- Attended numerous tastings and wine dinners in town, racking up at least 100 additional wines tasted
- Ventured out to the Flatlanders Beer Festival, sampling a few dozen beers
- Started the Wine Fundamentals I level of the International Sommelier Guild
- Wrote a bunch of columns, etc.
- Worked a day job full-time
- Tried to squeeze in some time with those people I live with (aka the family), as well as a few hours of sleep here and there.
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About Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
When he wasn't bashing on a drum kit in local punk rock bands, Ben spent the mid '90s hucking cases of wine around to pay for two English degrees. Now he's the Winnipeg Free Press wine columnist and blogger.
The extent of Ben's wine experience in the mid-90s was memories of accidentally leaving a bottle of White Zinfandel in the freezer overnight, and the ensuing mess he was left with. Between 1996 and 2005 Ben absorbed all he could about wine while working at wine shops to pay for school. Meanwhile, he was churning out papers for his BA and MA in English (from the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, respectively).
Ben became the Winnipeg Free Press' weekly wine columnist in 2005, and two years later joined Wine Access magazine as a contributor, a member of their national tasting panel and a judge at the Canadian Wine Awards and International Value Wine Awards until the magazine closed up shop in 2013.
In 2013 Ben joined the Winnipeg Free Press as a copy/web editor.
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